By Gabriel Olawale
The Lagos State First Lady, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu has made a passionate enchantment to the State Executive Council for immediate approval and implementation of state coverage on meals and vitamin in addition to a multi-sectoral plan of motion for vitamin.
Sanwo-Olu who spoke final week on the Nutrition Policy Dialogue and Revalidation of State-Specific Nutrition Policy and Strategic Plan of Action stated the approval and implantation of the coverage would guarantee equal entry to meals and vitamin that will finally translate to prime quality of life and socio-economic growth.
Sanwo-Olu who was represented by the Medical Director of Massey Children’s Hospital, Dr. Cecilia Mabogunje, stated that each the nationwide and state indicators present that extra wanted to be completed in respect of meals and vitamin of citizen.
“According to UNICEF, Nigeria has the second-highest variety of stunted kids on the planet with the nationwide prevalence charge of 32 % amongst under-fives.
About 2 million kids in Nigeria endure from acute malnutrition however solely two out of every10 kids are at the moment reached with remedy.
“As a matter of reality, losing amongst under-five kids was 11.4 % in 2017 whereas undernutrition was 14.5 %. The implication is that, undernutrition reduces financial development of a nation by 8 % on account of direct productiveness losses and poor faculty efficiency.”
Further, she famous: “It is obvious that any nation with excessive burden of malnutrition will discover it troublesome to interrupt out of poverty and maintain financial development.
“This is why the event of Lagos State coverage on meals and vitamin with the aim of accomplishing optimum standing for all Lagos residence with emphasis on most susceptible teams is a step in the appropriate route.”
Lending her voice throughout a dialogue organised by the Lagos State Committee on Food and Nutrition together with Civil Society Scaling-Up Nutrition in Nigeria, CS-SUNN, Executive Secretary of CS-SUNN, Mrs. Beatrice Eluaka urged state policymakers to make good and implantable dedication in the direction of bettering the dietary standing of Lagosians.
Eluaka additionally appeals to the policymakers to revalidate the Lagos state vitamin coverage and strategic plan of motion, “we’re a non-for-profit organisation with the mandate of contributing to bettering the dietary standing of Nigerians.
“Our present mission is to strengthen the system to make them extra result-oriented, efficient, environment friendly, and clear. Part of our object is to assist the state provide you with a particular vitamin coverage plan of motion for implementation.
She counseled Lagos state for being among the many states that should develop coverage and plan of motion, “this was some years and as we converse, the coverage is but to be permitted by the state govt council. So we’re calling on them to approve and implement the plan.
On her half, the Lagos State Coordinator of CS-SUNN, Dr. Modupe Akinyinka praised Lagos State for being the primary state in Nigeria to offer moms six months’ maternity go away and two weeks to their father to assist them help moms.
She hinted that complementary feeding for kids in Lagos state is about 16 % which implies that most kids should not getting a minimal food regimen for them to be correctly feed by way of that complementary stage of six months to 2 years.
“Wasting charge in Lagos was nonetheless about 6.6 per cent, should you translate it to quantity greater than 24,000 kids are wasted which implies they’re unable to do what the kid needs to be doing. Stunting is about 11.4 % which interprets to about 44,000 kids which might be stunted in Lagos state. The downside with stunted is that they aren’t solely quick but in addition have an effect on their cognitive perform.
“The excellent news is that resolution has already been introduced up which is a Lagos State Policy on Food and Nutrition as a result of if we have a look at the price of treating acute malnutrition, it’s higher to forestall it by way of this coverage.